Nerves ramp up for Maximum Security camp before Pegasus

By Tom Luicci/Monmouth Park
June 14, 2019 04:42pm

Maximum Security had “another good day” on Friday, said trainer Jason Servis, as the Grade 1-winning colt moves closer to a return to racing in Sunday’s TVG.com Pegasus Stakes at Monmouth Park.

The race marks the horse’s first start since he crossed the finish line first in the May 4 Kentucky Derby.


The $150,000 Pegasus Stakes, for 3-year-olds at a mile and a sixteenth, is the last local prep race for the $1 million TVG.com Haskell Invitational (G1) on July 20.


"We’ve still got to get through tomorrow, but I think we should be fine,” Servis said.


Maximum Security, owned by Gary and Mary West, has finished first in all five of his career starts, including the Florida Derby (G1). He became the first Kentucky Derby winner to be disqualified due to interference following his 1 3/4-length victory over Country House, with the Churchill Downs stewards placing him 17th.


Servis said he was “a little nervous” as the Kentucky-bred son of New Year’s Day-Lil Indy by Anasheed prepares to get back into the starting gate.


He will be opposed by five other 3-year-olds in the Pegasus: Last Judgment and King for a Day from the Todd Pletcher barn; Servis’ Direct Order; the Jorge Navarro-trained Identifier and Caladan, from trainer Anthony Pecoraro’s bran.


Post time for the Pegasus Stakes is listed at 5:12 p.m.


“I might be more nervous for this than I was for the Kentucky Derby,” said Servis. “It’s a short field, we’re the heavy favorite and it’s horse racing. Anything can happen.”


Servis announced his plans to run Maximum Security in the Pegasus Stakes on Thursday, after bloodwork drawn on Monday showed no issues.


Maximum Security has been stabled in Servis’ barn at Monmouth Park since May 7.


 Pegasus Stakes Field
 Horse Morning Line Odds
 1. Last Judgment 6-1
 2. Maximum Security 1-2
 3. King for a Day 4-1
 4. Identifier 6-1
 5. Direct Order 12-1
 6. Caladan 15-1


 

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